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Forum topic by Jim Savage posted 09-14-2009 04:22 AM 5750 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Savage

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09-14-2009 04:22 AM

For 2009, Norm didn’t film any new shows, only new introductions to several old episodes. I’ve checked the NYW website, and the Yankee Cam doesn’t show any activity during 2009. The Yankee Cam archives show that in past years, Norm would have filmed half or more of the upcoming season by now. But there is nothing listed so far this year. It’s possible he’s filming new shows or something for 2010 and just not using the Yankee Cam anymore, but I don’t know why that would have changed.

So I’m assuming that they haven’t filmed anything for 2010. I know the economy is tough; is it possible that no one is willing to underwrite NYW anymore? Or is Norm just sliding into retirement?

Has anyone heard anything? I’m one of many who can credit (or blame) NYW for my initial interest in woodworking.

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 04:28 AM

Can you keep a secret? Norm and I have been in talks for some time and … well …maybe I have said too much – never mind.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 09-14-2009 04:30 AM

A worthy successor I am sure Todd! :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 09-14-2009 05:43 AM

Lets all spread the new. The American Craftsman Workshop instead of the Yankee workshop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 05:51 AM

When I talked with Norm at the STL wood show, he said it was lack of sponsors for both NYW and TOH. That is why he was doing reintros instead of new shows this year.

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#5 posted 09-14-2009 05:59 AM

bummer…ok todd—-you are up…your turn…

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 09:11 PM

At the introduction to one of the NYW programs, Norm was standing in the shop, and the shop looked a little different to me. Maybe a new finish on the floor, and new paneling. Could be just my imagination, or wishful thinking too. He was running late at the STL show when I was there that Friday, and now I wish I had waited for him.

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#7 posted 09-21-2009 11:57 PM

New Yankee Workshop I use to like it a lot, the last couple of years did not care for it at all,
Norn has too many expensive tools that many of us cannot afford and does stuff that is very hard to keep up with, in the earlier days it was more interesting. Only my opinion!!

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#8 posted 09-22-2009 12:26 AM

The American Craftsman Workshop that would be nice for a change!

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#9 posted 09-22-2009 12:35 AM

I agree with you, GMan. I used to really like it when he built shop furniture and useful things that you could incorporate into your own shop. It got to be way off base for me. A lot of things I didn’t care for.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#10 posted 09-22-2009 12:50 AM

Sad to say there’s just not enough money in REAL home improvement TV. I can’t afford the expensive tools and materials, and I think that the people who can afford them don’t watch DIY TV shows.

TOH had a segment in New York I think, the owners had a beautiful brownstone home that cost so much money that they had 2 tenants to help with cash flow. I don’t want to own / live in an apartment.

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#11 posted 09-22-2009 01:09 AM

I can’t complain about TOH or New Yankee. Look at all the projects on his website, good God he must be straining for new ideas all the time. I like it when he kicks it up a notch, I get bored with shaker-simple. If he needs to take a season or 2 off to recharge the batteries, Im good with reruns.
TOH, I can kinda see the complaint…had it myself a few years ago, as they were working on multi-million dollar homes…but then they did one that was cheap. and it was BOOOO-RRRRING. And quick. And they need to work on expensive stuff, because the work they do and materials they use are high end…not the quick bang-it-up crap you find on DIY Network or HGTV shows where they wont show you a close up, because you’ll notice its a bunch of MDF-stapled and bradded junk.

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#12 posted 09-22-2009 01:41 AM

In the pass I watched and have seen sometime Norn making mistakes you could tell as soon as he made on they would cut off, one time he had a dove tail that did not fit and they cut off and after coming back it was a different dovetail, everybody makes mistakes but why not admit to it nobody is perfect not even Norm.

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#13 posted 09-22-2009 01:53 AM

I would like to see a woodworking shop that completes a project in the full time it takes to do it,if it takes 5 weeks be it.

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#14 posted 09-22-2009 02:25 AM

Todd you got my vote.

It would be interesting for the LJ’s to make a show each week based on the great projects I see here – could even make it regional….I know some folks, like Todd, film some of their stuff and do great work…Just think of all the experience that is here. I think it would be nice to see a show where you see different folks using different approaches rather then just the hosts version. The projects here are much more versatile and more original then having them rehash a bookcase or a picture frame as done on PBS alot. The other great stuff I’ve seen here is the finishes….I think a whole season could be devoted to that.

Well, for now I think I must rely on LJ’s, You Tube or other online source to see any interesting videos that show what I like to see made. The PBS type of shows are sometimes just too elemental…i.e. hoding up a plane and explaining that this is a bench plane and you use it to surface wood….zzzzzzzzzzz…..

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#15 posted 10-21-2009 01:04 PM

Just saw the news on Fine Woodworking… Norm is calling it quits after 21 seasons… will continue to be on TOH but it would appear there will be no new shows…

Anyone see anything else?

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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